Haddad & Sherwin specializes in California civil rights claims. A civil rights claim generally arises when the government or its officials violate a person’s Constitutional or statutory rights. These rights can include freedom from wrongful seizure or excessive force by law enforcement officers, “police brutality”, or the right to freedom of speech without government retaliation. They can also include freedom from racial discrimination, discrimination against women, sex discrimination in the workplace, and any discrimination in employment or public services and accommodations, based on protected criteria such as race, national origin, gender, religion, age, or sexual orientation.
Our offices are located in downtown Oakland, California. We handle cases throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.
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See our Results and News for examples of our successful work representing people fighting for justice in wrongful death, police shooting, police misconduct, jail death, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, LGBT rights, and personal injury cases. We prepare every case for trial. We are civil rights trial lawyers.
$8.3 Million for Jail Death — Largest Wrongful Death Civil Rights Settlement in California State History
After over four years of litigation and finishing the first week of a 10 week trial, Alameda County and Corizon Health, Inc., a national for-profit jail health care corporation, have ended a wrongful death civil rights case by agreeing to pay $8.3 mi...
$6.7 Million Settlement for Innocent Mother, Permanently Injured By Police Home Invasion
Won a $6.7 million settlement for a mother who was catastrophically injured by Santa Clara police officers who barged into her home without a warrant to arrest her 15-year-old daughter. Officers ignored the Constitutional requirement that they have a...
Over $5.85 Million Paid for 44 African-American Men Strip Searched on the Street under Oakland’s Unconstitutional Policy
For more than a decade, the Oakland Police Department had a practice, and eventually a written policy, allowing officers to strip search people right on the street in broad daylight. Haddad & Sherwin teamed up with John Burris to represent dozens of...
$5.5 Million for Man Severly Beaten by Deputies on Video
Haddad & Sherwin LLP obtained an early $5.5 million settlement for a man who was severely beaten with metal batons by deputies. He was attempting to surrender after leading deputies on a 40-minute vehicle pursuit over the Bay Bridge in a suspected s...
$5 Million Plus Police and CPS Reforms for Child Abuse Death of 3-year-old Girl
Three-year-old Kayleigh Slusher died from preventable child abuse and neglect at the hands of her mother and mother's boyfriend, who are serving life sentences for her murder. This lawsuit brought accountability, along with significant reforms, to t...
$5 Million Settlement + Reforms for Death of 51-year-old Mentally Ill Man
$3.5 Million Wrongful Death, Police Shooting Recovery
Won a $3.5 million settlement for the widow and son of an undercover Oakland police officer mistakenly shot and killed by fellow officers, and also won an appeal in that case making it harder for defendants to escape responsibility for their civil ri...
$2.7 Million Settlement in Environmental Justice Case
Represented dozens of mostly African-American homeowners who were sickened by industrial pollution from a toxic waste site in their neighborhood. This long-fought case was brought in the 1990's against a toxic waste processing company and it...
$2.6 Million Settlement for Family of Man Killed in Botched SWAT Raid
$2.6 million was paid to the family of 31-year-old Rogelio "Roger" Serrato Jr., who was killed when members of the Monterey County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team set fire to his Greenfield, California, home with a flash-bang stun grenade during their a...
$2.5 Million Settlement for Police Shooting of Boy Hallucinating on LSD
Santa Cruz County and the City of Capitola paid $2.5 million to settle this case before trial where they caused a 15 year old boy, who they knew was experimenting with LSD, to be shot and killed. This case was brought by Luke’s parents and sister (Haddad & Sherwin LLP represented Luke’s father, Ian Smith)